Three elementary schools in Lawrence have been named among the top-performing schools in Kansas.
The Kansas State Department of Education announced Thursday that Broken Arrow, Langston Hughes and New York schools were among the 42 elementary schools recognized as part of the sixth annual Governor's Achievement Awards.
The list of winners includes public schools as well as private and parochial schools.
To earn the award, elementary schools had to achieve the state's Standard of Excellence in both reading and math for 2012. They also must have made Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, in those subjects as well as the AYP target for attendance. Additionally, they had to score among the top 5 percent of schools at their respective levels in both reading and math on the 2012 state assessments.
"You know, we get lots of awards and sometimes can't keep up, but this one is a biggie," Lawrence superintendent Rick Doll said. "This is like top 5 percent of schools in the state."
Doll noted that Broken Arrow, 2704 Louisiana St., has a long tradition of scoring well on state assessments. And Langston Hughes, 1101 George Williams Way, has served students in the highest socio-economic categories in the district. But he said New York School represents a remarkable success because it's a Title I school that serves some of the most economically disadvantaged students in Lawrence.
"They really prove that all kids can achieve, and they can achieve at high levels," Doll said.
Awards also went to 11 middle or junior high schools and 18 high schools throughout the state, although none of the upper-level Lawrence schools was named to this year's list.